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Collin Woodard

Genesis Won’t Build an A3 or CLA Competitor

Genesis recently showed off its smallest sedan yet, the G70. Slotting in under the full-size G90 and midsize G80, Genesis’ newest car is aimed squarely at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But if you’re waiting for Genesis to go even smaller and take on the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA, you’ll probably be disappointed.

Speaking to Australia’s CarAdvice, Manfred Fitzgerald, Genesis’ senior vice president, said that Genesis has no plans to fill out its range...

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Collin Woodard

Faraday Future’s Nevada Factory Plans Officially Dead

It’s been just over two years since we first heard about Faraday Future. At the time, the electric car startup was pretty much operating in secret but had already poached several big names in the car industry. Less than six months later, FF announced plans to invest $1 billion in a Nevada factory. But financial issues quickly arose, and earlier this summer, FF stopped work on the Nevada plant. This week, FF finally threw in the towel.

The Nevada Independent reports that Faraday Future’s...

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etahaney

Get Excited for “Forza Motorsport 7” With Latest Trailer

“Forza Motorsport” is one of our all-time favorite racing simulators. Staffers have spent hours upon hours driving, racing, drifting, and rallying through Forza’s many titles, including its latest edition, “Forza Horizon 3.”

However, with Forza’s newest title, “Forza Motorsport 7,” we’re ready to lose a week’s worth of work glued to our TVs and only venturing out of our living rooms for bathroom breaks and to order more pizza.

In Forza Motorsport 7, Turn 10 Studios is...

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Collin Woodard

Spied! BMW X3 M Caught Looking Production-Ready

Back in June, BMW took the wraps off the 2018 X3. At the time, we got a look at the base xDrive30i and the sportier M40i. But based on the latest spy photos we’ve seen, it looks like an even sportier X3 M is about to join the lineup.

Granted, we’ve heard for a while that an M-badged X3 was on its way, so it’s not a huge surprise. But as far as we know, BMW hasn’t officially confirmed that the X3 M is on its way. When it does land, expect the sportiest X3 to pack much more of a punch...

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Mercedes Invests $1 Billion in Alabama Plant to Prepare for EQ SUV

To prepare for production of its all-electric EQ SUV, Mercedes-Benz announced a $1 billion investment into its manufacturing hub in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Mercedes reports the planned expansion will create 600 new jobs for the region.

This sizeable investment will be spent on three different areas, beginning with retooling and reworking portions of the primary plant in preparation for the forthcoming EQ model. This will be the first all-electric SUV from the automaker, and one of the first...

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Collin Woodard

Infiniti’s First Electric Car Reportedly Coming in 2019

At this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Infiniti surprised us all with the incredible Prototype 9 concept. It’s styled to look like a vintage 1930s grand prix racer, but under the sheetmetal, it gets the powertrain from the redesigned Nissan Leaf. So not only is it fantastically gorgeous, it’s also electric. The sad news is that Infiniti won’t put the Prototype 9 into production, but if you can wait until 2019, you will be able to buy an electric Infiniti.

Speaking...

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Alex Nishimoto

Volvo Subscription Service Aims to Make Having a Car Worry-Free

Volvo is following Cadillac’s lead by offering a subscription service for its vehicles. Called Care by Volvo, the flat-fee service covers everything from maintenance to insurance and allows subscribers to swap for a new Volvo every 24 months.

All users will pay a flat monthly fee that’s the same for everyone regardless of region or customer age. This will get them access to a vehicle and, depending on regional availability, concierge services like cleaning, fueling, dealer pickup, and...

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Collin Woodard

Ford Now Using Holograms to Design Cars

Traditionally, large clay models have been used to help car designers better visualize new vehicles as they’re developed. Computer renderings changed the process somewhat, but you’re still looking at an image on a screen, not an object in space. But with the help of augmented reality, that’s starting to change.

Ford announced today that its designers have spent the last year using Microsoft’s HoloLens to help them quickly change the size, shape, and texture of different design...

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World’s Greatest Drag Race 7: Which Car Will Win? The Answer Might Shock You

If Best Driver’s Car is the most exciting thing we do all year, then World’s Greatest Drag Race puts seven exclamation points at the end of that statement.

WGDR has been a staple of Motor Trend’s BDC online coverage since 2011—it’s a made-for-YouTube phenomenon. For the uninitiated, imagine a simple quarter-mile drag race complicated by the addition of more than just two competitors. How many more? Well, that’s what makes it World’s Greatest. In our inaugural running, we set...

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Angus MacKenzie

2018 Volvo XC40 First Look

At first glance the 2018 Volvo XC40, which arrives in the U.S. in May next year, bucks the conventional wisdom about how a modern Volvo should look. There’s no studied elegance to the exterior surfaces, no calming Swedish zen to the interior ambience. Instead, there’s a pugnacious swagger to the XC40 inside and out, with forms, materials, and colors that are reminders that not all Scandinavian designs are a riff on birch wood and mid-century furniture.

And that’s exactly what Volvo...

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Erika Pizano

Of Missile Bases and Drag Races – Reference Mark

You know you are traversing an active military installation when the walkie-talkie squawks, “Turn right at the missile.”

The Motor Trend and Studio TEN crews are filming this year’s version of the World’s Greatest Drag Race here at Vandenberg Air Force Base, and we are quickly reminded of its critical role in America’s arsenal.

As the Cold War heated up in the 1960s, Vandenberg’s function as our premier missile testing center made it an essential military site. But as global...

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Zach Gale

World’s Greatest Drag Race 7: Which Car Will Win? The Answer Might Shock You

If Best Driver’s Car is the most exciting thing we do all year, then World’s Greatest Drag Race puts seven exclamation points at the end of that statement.

WGDR has been a staple of Motor Trend’s BDC online coverage since 2011—it’s a made-for-YouTube phenomenon. For the uninitiated, imagine a simple quarter-mile drag race complicated by the addition of more than just two competitors. How many more? Well, that’s what makes it World’s Greatest. In our inaugural running, we set...

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etahaney

Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO Gets Aero Upgrades

Lamborghini is ready for more one-make racing with a revised Super Trofeo Huracan called the EVO. Based on the previous Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo, the EVO designation comes from a heavily revised aerodynamic kit, as well as improved safety standards.

The new body kit was co-developed with Dallara Engineering, the company that builds the IndyCar chassis, LMP2 chassis for Le Mans, DPi chassis for IMSA, KTM’s X-Bow, Alfa Romeo’s 4C, and the chassis for the Bugatti Chiron.

According...

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Redesigned 2018 Kia Rio Starts at $14,795

Kia has announced pricing for its redesigned 2018 Rio subcompact sedan and hatchback. The base LX trim will start at $14,795 for the sedan and $15,095 for the hatchback, including $895 destination charge. The mid-grade S trim sedan starts at $16,995 and the hatchback at $17,295. The range-topping EX sedan and hatchback start at $19,295 and $19,595, respectively. The starting price of the new Rio is lower compared to the outgoing model.

Kia gave the new Rio a tech upgrade with an available...

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Collin Woodard

Future Dodge Chargers and Challengers May be Based on Maseratis

It’s been more than a decade since Dodge brought back the Charger, and in that time, it’s received several major updates but no complete redesign. The story’s been the same with the Challenger, too: continual updates but no all-new car since its introduction. For a while, we’d heard both the Charger and the Challenger would eventually be moved to the Giorgio platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia. But according to the latest rumor, that plan has changed.

Automotive News...

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etahaney

McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo Coming to a PS4 Near You

Over the last few years, automakers have partnered with PlayStation’s “Gran Turismo” racing simulator to let their engineers’ and designers’ imaginations run wild and create a sky’s-the-limit concept vehicle. The latest in the long line of these dream machines comes from McLaren, and is one of the wildest concepts ever to come out of the Vision Gran Turismo project.

Similar to the recently revealed Mercedes-AMG Project One and the Aston Martin Valkyrie, McLaren’s Ultimate...

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Alex Nishimoto

My First Lap for the Thousandth Time: A Gamer’s First Track Day

It’s a pretty well-known fact that if you want to dip your feet into the racing world, you attend a racing school. There are many around, with Skip Barber Racing School, Bondurant Racing School, Cadillac’s V Performance Academy, and Ford Performance Racing School in Utah being just a few examples. The high cost to attend these elite driver training schools kept me at home in front of my Xbox as a child, dreaming of someday driving on a real track. Finally, during my internship with Motor...

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Collin Woodard

Study Says New Diesels No Better for the Environment Than Gasoline

Usually, when people talk about diesel emissions, they focus on nitrous oxide levels. After all, it’s the pollutant that Volkswagen tried to hide with its emissions-cheating software. And despite its popularity as an anesthetic during surgery and as a, uh, mood enhancer, it’s also a well-known greenhouse gas that’s also responsible for depleting the ozone layer. But according to a recent study, diesels release quite a bit of carbon dioxide, as well.

Reuters reports that according to...

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Ford to Temporarily Shut Down Five North American Plants

Ford announced on Tuesday that it plans on idling five North American vehicle assembly plants in an effort to reduce inventories of slower-selling models, mostly cars.

Two Mexican plants, the Cuautitlan plant that builds the Focus and the Hermosillo plant that builds the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans will be temporarily shut down for three weeks. The Flat Rock factory in Michigan that assembles Continentals and Mustangs will be idled for two weeks and the Michigan Assembly plant that...

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Erika Pizano

Notes on BDC 2017: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work – The Lohdown

Our preparation protocol for Best Driver’s Car has evolved over the years. It used to be we’d simply gather up the cars at a track, attach some gear, and run ’em real fast. But now, BDC takes months of planning and thousands of emails to coordinate—renting the tracks, setting up intermittent road closures, requesting California Highway Patrol support, ordering up port-a-potties, and arranging lunch from our favorite mobile taqueria, Tacos La Potranca De Jalisco of King City,...

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